The Internet Course

Take ninety minutes to deepen your knowledge of the internet's complexities with this ninety-minute course covering dial-up and broadband, remote desktop connections, FTP, proxy servers and more.

1 hour, 36 minutes

Course description

The internet is what makes so much of our work, play and culture possible today, and it’s more complex than most people realize. Explore some of the many layers of the internet with this ninety-minute course covering internet tiers, dial-up connections, broadband connections, FTP, email, proxy servers and more. Includes a lesson on that essential of modern business computing, the VPN or Virtual Private Network.


Troubleshooting Internet Connections

Video - 00:07:00

The Great Mikestrami gives you a few rules to help you get through the CompTIA A+ exam's network troubleshooting scenario questions.
Internet of Things (IoT)

Video - 00:04:00

Mike explores some of the latest and greatest networking technologies with the Internet of Things (IoT), including 802.11, Zigbee and Z-wave.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Video - 00:08:00

In this episode, Mike shows how virtual private networking (VPN) works and why people use VPN connections.
Proxy Servers

Video - 00:06:00

In this episode, Mike describes how proxy servers work to block certain Web sites and filter outgoing or incoming content.

Video - 00:08:00

Mike covers the three classic email protocols, SMTP for sending and POP3 and IMAP4 for receiving.

Video - 00:07:00

In this episode, Mike tackles one of the earliest and most common protocols for moving files, File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
The World Wide Web

Video - 00:09:00

The Web puts a graphical face on the internet and can be accessed via a web browser, connecting with HTTP or HTTPS.
Remote Desktop Connections

Video - 00:06:00

Take a look at remote desktop connection methods such as RDP and VNC.
Telnet and SSH

Video - 00:07:00

The Telnet and SSH protocols enable techs to access and control hosts remotely using the Command shell in Windows.
Firewalls and Servers

Video - 00:06:00

Starting with a review of the interaction between IP packets and servers, this episode analyzes the functions of local and server-based firewalls.
Broadband Connections

Video - 00:10:00

In this episode, Mike explores common always-on broadband connections to the internet.
Dial-up Connections

Video - 00:08:00

Mike describes how dial-up technology enables computers to transmit and receive digital data through over a telephone network.
Internet Tiers

Video - 00:06:00

Mike discusses the structure of the internet, starting with the Tier 1 carriers.
Beyond the LAN

Video - 00:03:00

In this episode, Mike explores the crazy acronym soup around networking, explaining the differences among terms like LAN, WAN, MAN, PAN and CAN.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • All-Source Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Exploitation Analyst

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